Who we are
We are passionate about living a minimal, low, zero waste lifestyle and helping others do the same
What we do
We offer timeless alternatives to disposable products for home and on-the-go
Why we do it
We love to help others reduce their dependence on plastic and go zero waste
About Zero Waste
What is zero waste?
The simple answer: We aim to send nothing to a landfill. We reduce what we need, reuse as much as we can, send little to be recycled, and compost what we cannot.
The less simple answer: It’s really about redefining the system. We currently live in a linear economy where we take resources from the earth and then dump them in a giant hole in the ground. The goal of zero waste is to move to a circular economy where we write trash out of existence. The circular economy mimics nature in that there is no trash in nature.
Instead of discarding resources, we create a system where all resources can be resumed fully back into the system.
What’s wrong with landfills?
The average Canadian sends 4.4 lbs of trash to the landfill every day. We live in a disposable society where we don’t value our belongings, and we’re consuming way too many resources.
Each year we have Earth Overshoot Day to mark when we’ve consumed all of the resources the earth can sustainably produce for the coming year. Earth Overshoot day was July 29th of 2019. We’re essentially consuming 1.5 earths.
Beyond our overconsumption problem, landfills are toxic. They’re responsible for 20% of the methane emissions in the Canada, and they aren’t aerated for proper decomposition of natural materials. Toxins from cleaners, batteries, small electronics (and other items that shouldn’t be landfilled) leach into the soil and can run off into the ocean and ground water when it rains.
A lot of trash doesn’t even make it to the landfill. Instead it clutters the sides of roads and is carried off by wind, birds, and travel making its way to the ocean. Plastic is especially dangerous to the ocean, marine life, and our health. It doesn’t biodegrade it photo-degrades which means it only gets smaller and smaller.
Each micro-plankton in the ocean has 36 micro-plastic pieces to match. Plastic breaks down so small that it’s in drinking 90% of drinking water both bottled and tap world wide.
Can’t we recycle our way out of this?
There’s simply too much to process, and we’re just consuming way too much. Recycling isn’t a perfect solution. While it plays into the solution, we have to lessen our dependence. Did you know, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled?
There’s a reason recycle is LAST. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle“
Recycle shouldn’t be the first line of defence, it should be a last resort. Most of our recycling isn’t even processed in the Canada. It’s processed in China, and China has put a ban on paper and plastic bales over 1% contamination. To put this in perspective, the best recycling facilities in the Canada are currently operating at 4% contamination level.
I’m not telling you this to prevent you from recycling. I’m telling you this so you can recycle and depend on it less. Instead focus your efforts on reducing and reusing.
What’s reducing and reusing?
You don’t need everything you think you “need.” So many products are sold to us for a specific use. But, you don’t need a separate cleaner for the floor, the windows, and the bathroom. You don’t need eight blue sweaters. By reducing what we need, we’re reducing what we’ll eventually throw out.
Before making any purchase, wait. Spend some time, think about whether or not you truly need it.
When you do need to buy something, check the second hand market first. Reuse something that already exists, and instead of using disposables focus on reusables (i.e. hankies instead of tissues.) which will intern also reduce what you need.
Will one person really make a difference?
YES! Every day you have the decision to positively impact the planet. How do you get to work? How do you buy your groceries? What are you eating? What are you buying? Everything is interconnected. Every purchase you make is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.
You don’t vote only at the ballot box. You vote every day.
With just one small step at a time, you can greatly reduce your footprint. But, going zero waste isn’t just great for the environment, you’ll notice an improvement in your quality of life. Side effects include eating better, feeling better, saving money, and not having to take out the trash!
With just one step in the right direction, you can change the world.
How long will this take?
We live in a society of instant gratification. Going zero waste is not conducive to that attitude. It takes time and patience. I tend to beat myself up for not being perfect, but in the beginning you’re not going to be perfect. It’s about the effort. It’s knowing that you want to change; It’s knowing you’re trying.
And, seriously – thank you for trying! Together we can make a difference, and maybe in our lifetime we can see the Great Pacific Garbage Patch disappear, significantly reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, and become healthier and more fulfilled as people.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
— Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Zero Waste Description Credit: Going Zero Waste